William Homrighausen

  • Born: January 13, 1926
  • Died: March 21, 2015
  • Location: Carmel, Indiana

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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William J. Homrighausen passed away on Saturday, March 21 at HCR Manor Care at Summer Trace in Carmel.

Bill was born in East St. Louis, Illinois on January 13, 1926 to Henry B. and Mary Veronica (Gilligan) Homrighausen. He was preceded in death in July 2014 by his wife of 63 years, Joan; by his father in 1941 and by his mother in 1977.

Bill spent his childhood in East St. Louis and then Belleville, Illinois. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and then Belleville's Cathedral High School, graduating in June 1943. Throughout his young years he enjoyed summers and seasonal work on the family farm in Red Bud, Illinois. He and his brother Jack also had time for mischief as he often told the story of how they would hop on the coal train not far from their house -- only to find their father waiting for them at the next station, having been alerted by a watchful housekeeper! After their father suffered a debilitating stroke, Bill and Jack worked hard to supplement the family income and to support their mother and little sister.

Immediately following high school, Bill enlisted in the US Marine Corps. He served as a drill instructor, taught hand-to-hand combat, and eventually served in the Pacific Theatre, attaining the rank of 1st LT. Following the war he completed his college education under the GI Bill, graduating from Miami University (Ohio) in 1947. While there he was a member of Sigma Chi and a tennis player.

Two weeks after graduation, Bill began his career with Shell Oil Company, where he stayed until retirement in 1986. He began work in the maintenance gang and advanced into various management positions, working throughout the East Coast and Midwest. During his 39 years with Shell he was blessed with deep friendships, many of which endured to his death.

While in New York, Bill met Joan and she became his bride on May 12, 1951. Over the next 63 years they shared the joys of 4 children and 12 grandchildren, creating a loving home wherever Bill's job took them. They settled in Carmel in 1966 and right away became parishioners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. They enjoyed family vacations at Glen Lake MI in the 1960s, family reunions at Patoka Lake, travel in their motor home, several trips to Ireland, along with cruises and endless bridge games with dear friends Bob and Ann Hartman. After retirement Bill was the "every Tuesday" volunteer at the St. Vincent Stress Center for many years. He was also an active member of the Carmel Lions Club, an avid lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, and a faithful supporter of the Carmel High School Greyhounds. During the last 5 years he was especially blessed by the companionship of his devoted canine, Mitzi.

Bill is survived by his four children: Jean (Tony) Zander of Indianapolis; Bill (Barb) Homrighausen, Jr. of Plano, TX; Mary (Jim) Melchior of Louisville, KY; and Christine (Ron) Smith of Louisville, KY. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Eileen Zander (and fiancé David Surprenant), Will Zander, 2nd LT Kevin Zander US Army; Ross and Jim Homrighausen; Erin Melchior, Maureen (Jason) Volz, Tom Melchior and Sam Melchior; Jackson, Evan, and Andrew Smith. Additional survivors are his brother, John H. "Jack" (and Joanne) Homrighausen of Fredricksburg, TX; his sister, Sara Ann (and Rod) Kelley; as well as numerous devoted cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to thank all those who have been so supportive in the care of our father and grandfather during his illnesses over the last years. We thank his many physicians (especially Dr. Craig Cieciura and Dr. Stephen Schutzman), nurses, therapists and aides among the staffs of St. Vincent Hospital, Comfort Keepers, and Manor Care at Summer Trace. He had resided at Summer Trace since June 2014 and their kindness and expert care were especially comforting during his eight months as a widower.

A funeral Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 14598 Oakridge Road, Carmel, with calling for one hour immediately prior to the Mass. There will also be calling on Thursday, March 26 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Flanner & Buchanan-Carmel.

Donations in Bill's memory made be made to St. Augustine's Home for the Aged (Little Sisters of the Poor), 2345 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church at the address above.

To sign the online guest book, please visit flannerbuchanan.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Our dear, dear, friend. What fun we had together! What a joy and blessing you have been to us over the years. God speed, dear friend. We will celebrate again 'together' in heaven. Thanks for all the love and laughter..... Kids, your folks were the best! Know that you all are loved dearly.
In Christ's love, Leon & Ramona Stonecipher

Posted by Leon & Ramona Stonecipher - Kansas City, MO - Friend   March 29, 2015

Jean, Bill, Mary, Chris,
It is hard to say goodbye.....so many wonderful memories. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We will never forget your Dad (and Mom) and all of the fun growing up together on Winding Way.

Posted by Stacey Wheeler & Celeste Fields - Lincoln, NE - Childhood friends in Carmel   March 28, 2015

I have known Bill & Joan Homrighausen over 30 years as their stockbroker and financial confidant. I had an hour visit with Bill last Friday, the day before his passing. He was very alert and happy, telling me about his service in the Marines during W.W. II, his favorite trips to Ireland with Joan, his work with Shell, and commenting on every picture family picture on the wall across from his bed (especially the Mitzi pictures). As I was preparing to leave, he shook my hand numerous times with that special Bill smile, and insisted that I come back next week. His last gesture to me was his left hand in the air in a Marine salute. I will miss him deeply, but I have many treasured memories. Bless his wonderful family who had 89 years with their father who cared about them more than they will ever know. I know he's holding hands with Joan, reminiscing about all their life experiences together.

Posted by Tom Carpenter - Indianapolis, IN   March 26, 2015

Dear Jean, Tony, and Family,
We are very sorry for your loss. While I (Russ) only met Bill a couple of times, he was always gracious and showed me more respect than my youth probably warranted. I do remember one conversation where we were discussing an "ornamental pear" planted in your parent's front yard. I seem to recall that he thought a pear tree without fruit was kind of pointless. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God remind you of many 'good" memories.

Posted by Russ & Cindy Kogut - Dimondale, MI - College Friend of Jean   March 26, 2015

I worked at St. Vincent Stress Center for many years. "Tuesday Bill" helped with many projects in the community relations department. I had some of the best conversations of my life over stuffing envelopes with this man. What a joy he was to know. Bless you Bill, and bless your family at this time. It was an absolute joy to know you. Christine Taylor

Posted by A friend   March 25, 2015

So saddened by Bill's passing. Our prayers are with all during this time.

Posted by Alice + Dody Zander - Buffalo Grove, IL - in-law's to Jean   March 25, 2015

I worked with Bill in the Shell Pipeline office in Indianapolis from 1977-1982. He was a warm and friendly guy who was helpful and positive, especially with the newer folks in the office. He frequently told a joke or had a humorous story or expression to liven things up. We all liked him. I've thought about him frequently over the years after I moved away. God bless you all.

Posted by Paul Nichols - College Station, TX - co-worker   March 25, 2015

Bill was a wonderful fellow employee with Shell and very supportive and managed to train many young engineers and other staff. he was a great safety leader and had real field experience to relate to all staff and management. Bill will be missed by all who knew him and especially all who worked closely with him over the yeras. Frank and Carolyn Lee, The Woodlands, Tx Mar 25, 2015

Posted by Frank and Carolyn Lee - The Woodlands, TX - Friend and fellow employee   March 25, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with you folks. I first met your dad in 1966 when I started working with Shell up in Indianapolis. He was always one I would stop by to visit with whenever I returned to visit the office and family in Indy. Many fond memories.

Posted by Rick Bried - Spring, TX   March 25, 2015

Mary, Jean, Bill and Chris and your families,
We're deeply saddened at the loss of your father and grandfather - you are in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our heart felt condolences at this difficult time.

Posted by Ken and Cheryl (Melchior) Holland - Woodvale, Western Australia   March 25, 2015

Bill was such a kind and caring man. He loved a good joke. I am especially grateful for all nice things he would do for my mom. My thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Posted by Jane Dishon Bush - Columbus, IN - Friend   March 24, 2015

Dear Jean and all your family,
I was saddened to hear of your father's passing, and to realize that you had also lost your mother last year. Even though we do not see each other these days, your friendship and that from your parents those many years ago, is a lasting treasure. Please know that you all are in our prayers during this time.
Fondly, Diana (Kapouralos) Gilliatt

Posted by Diana (Kapouralos) Gilliatt - Indianapolis, IN - Jean's child hood friend   March 24, 2015

Dear Homrighausen Family,
There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. I am honored that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. Please let me know if there is more we can do to help celebrate your loved-one's life.

My Warmest Regards,

Bruce W. Buchanan
4th Generation Owner
Since 1881

Posted by Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers    March 24, 2015

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